MAN Diesel & Turbo to power AAD’s new icebreaking vessel


MAN Diesel & Turbo has been contracted to provide the main engines for a new, icebreaking, supply-and-research vessel, to be operated by Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

Designed to serve missions in demanding environments and provide extended mission times, each of the two 16V32/44CR engines to be supplied for AAD can generate 9,600kW of power.

Additionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo will provide an integrated SCR system to ensure the environmentally friendly footprint of the new vessel.

"We are happy to execute such a challenging project with an experienced and highly professional partner like DSNS."

The icebreaking vessel, which is being procured by Serco Defence through DMS Maritime, will be designed and built by Damen Shipyards Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

Expected to participate in various AAD missions for the next 30 years, the vessel is expected to be delivered by April 2020.

Featuring research, rescue and resupply capabilities, the vessel will be equipped with a moon pool, drop-keel, multi-beam bathymetric and scientific echo sounders, fisheries sonar systems, hydrophones, and underwater cameras.

MAN Diesel & Turbo four-stroke marine head Lex Nijsen said: “We are delighted to be able to add such a prestigious reference to the 32/44CR’s CV.

“It is an engine that already enjoys popularity in a broad spectrum of market segments, but for it to be employed in such an unspoiled yet extreme, demanding environment with such stringent environmental requirements is testament to its many positive attributes.

“Thus we are happy to execute such a challenging project with an experienced and highly professional partner like DSNS.”

AAD, which is a division of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy, is currently involved in improving the country’s strategic, scientific, environmental, and economic interests in the Antarctic region.


Image: A 12-cylinder version of MAN 32/44CR engine. Photo: courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo.